2021 ICD-10-CM Code S40.02

Contusion of upper arm

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S40.02 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of contusion of upper arm. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Short Description:Contusion of upper arm
Long Description:Contusion of upper arm

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Contusion of upper arm

Header codes like S40.02 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for contusion of upper arm:

  • S40.021 - Contusion of right upper arm
  • S40.021A - Contusion of right upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.021D - Contusion of right upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.021S - Contusion of right upper arm, sequela
  • S40.022 - Contusion of left upper arm
  • S40.022A - Contusion of left upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.022D - Contusion of left upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.022S - Contusion of left upper arm, sequela
  • S40.029 - Contusion of unspecified upper arm
  • S40.029A - Contusion of unspecified upper arm, initial encounter
  • S40.029D - Contusion of unspecified upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S40.029S - Contusion of unspecified upper arm, sequela

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code S40.02 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


Also called: Contusion, Ecchymoses

A bruise is a mark on your skin caused by blood trapped under the surface. It happens when an injury crushes small blood vessels but does not break the skin. Those vessels break open and leak blood under the skin.

Bruises are often painful and swollen. You can get skin, muscle and bone bruises. Bone bruises are the most serious.

It can take months for a bruise to fade, but most last about two weeks. They start off a reddish color, and then turn bluish-purple and greenish-yellow before returning to normal. To reduce bruising, ice the injured area and elevate it above your heart. See your health care provider if you seem to bruise for no reason, or if the bruise appears to be infected.

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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)